Canada - In February 2015, guitarist EWAN DOBSON embarks on a 3 month coast-to-coast North American Tour, hitting all major markets! North America is big, so Ewan Dobson will release not one, but two new albums to support his North American tour. ACOUSTIC METAL II is the first of these two new releases and is the follow-up to the Acoustic Metal 1. 12-String Guitar includes 12-string versions of material from Ewan´s previous albums along with 5 new unreleased songs. The show will include material spanning Ewan´s entire catalog performed finger style and with flat pick.

On Friday, July 4th, 2014, guitar virtuoso & YouTube sensation EWAN DOBSON releases his 9th solo album, Acoustic Metal II. Recorded in complete isolation in the backwoods of Canada just after completing his tour of Europe, Acoustic Metal II is the follow-up to Acoustic Metal (CandyRat Records, 2013). and features multi-tracked acoustic guitar played with a flat-pick. With Acoustic Metal II, Ewan shows that acoustic guitar can definitely be metal, and you don´t necessarily need distortion.

“Think Spanish Flamenco in a head on crash with a bus filled with Kerry King, Dave Mustaine and Dimebag Darrell! It’s when you listen to this record you can easily understand why ex-Megadeth guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman selected Ewan to play the acoustic parts that appears on Marty Friedman’s latest album Inferno. Friedman was even quoted saying 'Ewan played the parts so beautifully and with so much expertise and flair that Jason (Becker) and I were in awe of his performance.' Lets be fair, that statement alone deserves a round of applause.” - http://themetalreview.com/albums/ewan-dobson-acoustic-metal-ii-review/

CandyRat Records recording artist Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada’s most brilliant and exhilarating guitarists, having performed at such prestigious events and venues as:
Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival
Pickering Rotary Music Festival
Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition
Montreal Guitar Grand Prix
International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship
Hammerson Hall in Mississauga ’s Living Arts Centre
George Weston Recital Hall in the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts
Royal Bank Theatre of the Living Arts Centre
Lebovic Centre for the Performing Arts
Montreal Jazz Festival

“Time 2” from Ewan´s second album was his most successful song and became a viral video hit on the internet acquiring millions of views. The video has been specially featured on numerous media websites across the internet (ie: http://www.reddit.com, http://www.ebaumsworld.com, http://www.collegehumor.com to name but a few). The song reached #1 on the iTunes charts in Finland, Germany and Sweden. It also reached #2 in Austria, #3 in Japan and the Netherlands , #4 in New Zealand and #5 in Denmark. To date, “Time 2” has accrued over 16 million views!

In early 2014, Ewan embarked on his first major tour of Europe. The “European Acoustic Metal Tour” consisted of 38 shows in 43 days covering Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary. The tour was a great success and the fans across Europe were delighted by his performances.

Immediately following this tour, Ewan recorded two albums back to back; 'Acoustic Metal II' and '12-String Guitar'. 'Acoustic Metal II' ups the game from the previous 'Acoustic Metal I', bringing with it heavier riffs and more evolved song writing. There are 14 new tracks guaranteed to captivate those who appreciate the heavy acoustic guitar and dual guitar harmonies. 'Acoustic Metal II' is played entirely with a flat-pick and does not contain any fingerstyle guitar unlike 'Acoustic Metal I'. It ranges from technical acoustic death metal to progressive acoustic metal and what could be described as “video-game acoustic metal.”

EWAN DOBSON Acoustic Metal North American Tour 2015
Presented by CandyRat Records, LR Baggs, Ernie Ball Strings, MAXIMUM Booking, and AER Amplifiers

Feb. 20, 2015 US-NY-Buffalo, Nietzches
Feb. 21, 2015 CA-ON-Richmond Hill, Cosmopolitan Music Hall
Feb. 23, 2015 US-OH-Cleveland, Nighttown
Feb. 25, 2015 US-TN-Nashville, Sam Ash (clinic)
Feb. 27, 2015 US-KY-Newport, The Southgate House Revival
Mar. 01, 2015 US-MO-St. Louis, The Demo
Mar. 02, 2015 US-AR-Jonesboro, TheArts @ 311
Mar. 03, 2015 US-AR-Little Rock, Juanitas
Mar. 05, 2015 US-MO-Kansas City, The Riot Room (w/DavidHasselhoff on Acid, TysonLeslie)
Mar. 06, 2015 US-IA-Des Moines, Java Joes
Mar. 07, 2015 US-IL-Chicago, Martyrs
Mar. 08, 2015 US-WI-Milwaukee, Shank´s Hall
Mar. 09, 2015 US-IA-Iowa City, Gabes
Mar. 11, 2015 US-MN-Minneapolis, Cedar Cultural Center NEW!!!
Mar. 13, 2015 CA-MB-Winnipeg, WECC
Mar. 14, 2015 CA-SK-Regina, Artful Dodger
Mar. 16, 2015 CA-AB-Edmonton, The Artery
Mar. 18, 2015 CA-BC-Golden, The Rock Water Grill
Mar. 19, 2015 CA-BC-Kelowna, Minstrel Café
Mar. 20, 2015 CA-BC-Enderby, Lorenzo's Café
Mar. 22, 2015 US-WA-Seattle, The Triple Door
Mar. 24, 2015 US-OR-Portland, Aladdin Theater
Mar. 25, 2015 US-OR-Eugene, Wow Hall
Mar. 27, 2015 US-CA-Sacramento, Harlow´s
Mar. 31, 2015 US-CA-Oakland, Yoshi´s
Apr. 03, 2015 US-CA-Ramona, Ramona Main Stage
Apr. 04, 2015 US-CA-San Pedro, Alva´s Showroom
Apr. 08, 2015 US-NV-Las Vegas, Sam Ash (clinic)
Apr. 12, 2015 US-CO-Denver, Soiled Dove
Apr. 15, 2015 US-OK-Tulsa, The Vanguard
Apr. 17, 2015 US-TX-Houston, Dosey Doe
Apr. 18, 2015 US-TX-Austin, Strange Brew
Apr. 19, 2015 US-TX-Dallas, The Kessler Theater
Apr. 23, 2015 US-AL-Birmingham, The Bottle Tree
Apr. 25, 2015 US-FL-Largo, Largo Cultural Center
Apr. 28, 2015 US-NC-Raleigh, The Pour House Music Hall (w/ Multiples)
Apr. 30, 2015 US-VA-Vienna, Jammin´ Java
May 01, 2015 US-DE-Wilmington, World Café
May 02, 2015 US-MD-Laurel, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center
May 04, 2015 US-NY-New York City, Iridium (8:30pm and 10:30pm)
May 06, 2015 US-NY-New York City, Iridium (8:30pm and 10:30pm)
May 07, 2015 US-NY-Woodstock, Bearsville Theater
May 08, 2015 US-MA-Cambridge, The Regattabar
May 09, 2015 CA-QC-Montreal, Katacombes
May 22, 2015 CA-ON-Stouffville, Nineteen On The Park

“Condemnation” (first single from Acoustic Metal II): www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUGlLa2EIoE
"Time 2" Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXqPYte8tvc (over 16 million views)
“Paganini´s Hip” Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0ZVSegio3Y
“Wash Away” Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPY8JYqkLms
“Blood & Ice” Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBvAvW6KQDk
Artist Website: www.ewandobson.com

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